November 21, 2018

Albatross Movie

I was invited to a screening of this today. What an incredible story! I definitely recommend it to all.

https://www.albatrossthefilm.com/

a warning though, it is not "all things bright and beautiful"!

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October 18, 2018

Hackfalls Round 2

A successful trip to Hackfalls Arboretum for a second round of tree photographs. This time a 2 day trip, with around 1500 photographs to sort through. With an overnight stay, I was able to get out the home made moth trap, and despite a small hiccup in the plan when I encountered some noisy cantankerous bull calves late in the evening (I seriously thought they would wake the whole East Coast), I managed a nice little assortment of roughly 30 moths that I have never encountered before. Some foraging for spiders also netted about 20, but mostly ones I have observed before.

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February 17, 2018

Bibliography

NZ Birds Online

World Spider Catalog

Vink, C.J. and B. McQuillan. 2015. A Photographic Guide to Spiders of New Zealand. New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd. 1-118 pages.

Paquin, P., C.J. Vink, and N. Dupérré. 2010. Spiders of New Zealand: annotated family key & species list. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, New Zealand. i–vii + 1–118 pages.

Forster, R., and L. Forster. 1999. Spiders of New Zealand and their World-Wide Kin. University of Otago Press, Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. i-vii + 1-270 pages.

Gershwin et al (2010)
Gershwin, Lisa-ann & Zeidler, Wolfgang & Davie, Peter. (2010). Medusae (Cnidaria) of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 54. 47-108.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/242650792_Medusae_Cnidaria_of_Moreton_Bay_Queensland_Australia

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August 04, 2017

Bioblitz

In January 2017 I was involved in a bioblitz at Kaiti Beach, Gisborne. This was the first ever bioblitz that I have been involved with, so I took part in the hope of learning as much as I could about how they run. This was only the second time a bioblitz had been run here, an earlier informal one was undertaken with a homeschool group, and some of those that took part in that also took part in the Kaiti Beach bioblitz. It was an interesting experience, with many learning opportunities! For example, it is best to time them for the low tide when looking at intertidal zones, rather than the high tide! Also, strong gales will impact heavily when in an exposed location such as Kaiti Beach.

We have formed a group with the intention of undertaking four bioblitzes a year, three at set locations so that we can monitor change over time, and the fourth to be a different location each year, targeting areas of interest that might present themselves. The group includes: a member of DoC (I think public engagement or some such title); the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, which Doc would like to see take operational control of the bioblitzes in future; a local Vet who is very active in environmental work in the region; and myself as a NatureWatchNZ enthusiast (passionate amateur^2).

Our second bioblitz (which I was not able to take part in directly) was at Okitu Scenic Reserve, which I think will eventually become one of the regular sites, but grow in scope to cover Pouawa and the Marine Reserve there. It was again conducted with an educational group focus, involving homeschool groups and YMCA school holiday programmes.

Our third bioblitz is being planned now, and will be one of the specials... this time a golf course here in Gisborne is interested in developing native plantings and developing their ecoscape, and so have asked us to bioblitz and get a before picture of bio-diversity. I think it is such a marvellous idea! The driver (oh, excuse the pun!) will primarily be the golfing community, rather than focusing on educational groups.

Towards the end of the year we will look to repeating the Kaiti Beach bioblitz, growing the scope to encompass not only the beach but the adjacent Titirangi Reserve, in conjunction with local Iwi. The site is very significant, in that it is the first landing site of Captain Cook in 1769, and the reserve and the surrounding areas have received a lot of work in recent years. It occurred to me that there is some sort of significant date occurring in the next year or so, and then realised that October 2019 will be the 250th anniversary of Cooks first landing! I can only imagine the nationwide interest that there will be in the area at that time, and I envisage this event may be something that could be incorporated into the plans and programmes of not just our own bioblitz group here in Gisborne, but the wider NatureWatchNZ community and the organisations that they may be involved with.

A little about Banks and Solander:
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-OliVisi-t1-body-d1-d1-d2.html

As I state in my profile, I am a beginner to so much of all this NatureWatch stuff. I am reminded of that as we sit in a meeting today about the upcoming bioblitz, talking about when we will put out our pitfall traps, and I realise quietly that I have NEVER set one before... I have read about them and think I could do it, but have never actually done so. When I first saw projects in NatureWatch called "bioblitzes", I thought what a cool idea. I wanted to travel to the nearest one and observe, just to see what is done. Alas, I only ever heard about them AFTER the fact, and once the observations started appearing in NatureWatch. So I approached DoC here in Gisborne and volunteered for anything that may be happening here. That is pretty much how our little group got started!

So I would like to ask the NatureWatch community for some help:

1) Your thoughts on the idea of a large scale bioblitz, timed for the 250th anniversary of Cook's First Voyage at the site of his first landing, and celebrating the collections of Banks and Solander et al, effectively the first bioblitz ever held in NZ!

2) If you are with an organisation that might benefit or be interested in involvement with such an undertaking, and especially if you already have something underway, then please contact me!

3) If you are conducting a bioblitz any time during 2017 or 2018 in the North Island, then please contact me BEFORE the event, as I would like to be involved to learn as much as I can about bioblitzing as I can.

But mostly, I would like to stimulate as much discussion on this idea as I can, so please copy this link to this journal post and share with anyone you think might be interested or could contribute ideas or resources:
https://inaturalist.nz/journal/kiwifergus/11057-bioblitz

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September 27, 2015

Kereru "Display Flight"

I found this youtube clip of a kereru "Display Flight", helps to illustrate the behaviour that is indicated in the Great Kereru Count 2015 project.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSIUfncPzaU
cheers
Mark

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May 04, 2015

Last week...

My last week of citrus monitoring. This is only my second year in horticulture, and I have been thoroughly enjoying it. This latest job doing citrus pest monitoring is no exception, and I have discovered the wonderful world of small things that opens up with a field loupe in hand. I hope to capture in observations here all the critters that I have come to know and appreciate since I joined the team.

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